Outdoors

A father and daughter died while hiking in Canyonlands National Park on July 12. They are identified as Albino Herrera Espinoza, age 52, and Beatriz Herrera, age 23, both from Green Bay, WI. The pair had called 911 to report that they were lost and out of water on the Syncline Loop Trail with...
Eihaazbah Dejolie (center) is a 13-year-old from Bluff and is also the current Miss Western Junior Rodeo Association Queen. She will be hosting a rodeo in Monticello on August 3. Courtesy photo
Eihaazbah Dejolie is 13 years old from Bluff, Utah. A member of the "Western Junior Rodeo Association". She does barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and recently started breakaway. She was crowned Miss WJRA Queen in September 2023. As a part of her reign she has to sponsor a junior rodeo for...
Manti-La Sal National Forest fire officials are currently engaged in wildfire activity near Steamboat Point on the Monticello Ranger District, located west of Blanding, UT in San Juan County. The Babylon Fire, reported Friday, July 5, 2024, is approximately 50 acres, as of July 9, 2024. Due to...
The Charles Hall Ferry returned to service between Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Marina on July 4 after a three year absense.  The service operates several times a day. Courtesy photo
The Charles Hall Ferry returned to service on July 4th after a three-year pause, providing passage over Lake Powell between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing.  The ferry is scheduled to make four round-trips daily during the summer, departing Halls Crossing every two hours beginning at 10 a.m.  Initially...
Flash flooding in Lime Canyon washed out fence lines, flooded Highway 163 for several hours, and contributed to significant damage in recent days. David Kartchner photo
Several days of storms, driven in part by moisture from a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, brought a deluge of rain to San Juan County, resulting in floods, disruptions and damage during a normally dry June. The storms were widespread, but had particular impact on several key areas. Highways were...
NPS Photo Comparison: View from Wahweap Overlook towards Castle Rock and Wahweap Marina. First photo was taken May 15, 2023, when Lake Powell elevation was at 3539.15 feet Above Sea Level (ASL). Second photo was taken May 30, 2023 at 3560.22 feet ASL.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is pleased to announce that snowpack in the headwaters of the Colorado River and its tributaries is resulting in a spring runoff that is positively affecting Lake Powell water levels for the 2024 summer boating season. Rapidly rising water levels in Lake Powell...
Utah Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 8. It allows anyone to fish at any public waterbody in Utah without a license. Though you don’t need a license to fish on Utah Free Fishing Day, all other fishing rules are still in effect. Every other day of the year you’ll need a license to fish...
The USDA Manti-La Sal National Forest is issuing fuelwood permits and other forest products for the Monticello and Moab districts starting May 20, 2024, and continuing through November 30, 2024.  Fuelwood permits on the forest cost $5 per cord with a four-cord minimum purchase, and a ten-cord max...
National Park Service officials seek help from the public on archeological theft incident at Canyonlands National Park Law enforcement park rangers at Canyonlands National Park are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in an archeological theft incident at Cave...
by David Boyle News Director Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service attended a two-hour question and answer session hosted by the city of Blanding on May 9. The meeting offered a unique back-and-forth between agencies and local residents to discuss concerns...

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